Grand Tour Of Ireland
Sightseeing; Ring of Kerry; Glendalough; Kylemore Abbey; Book of Kells; Drumcliff Churchyard; Galway Cathedral; Rathbaun Farm; Cliffs of Moher; Blarney Castle; Blarney Woollen Mills; Waterford Crystal Factory; Heritage Centre; St. Patrick Cathedral; Glenveagh National Park; Glenveagh Castle;
Enjoy 11 Days Grand Tour of Ireland Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Blarney, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Glendalough, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Waterford. This in-depth tour takes you from the thriving capital city of Dublin to the glens of Wicklow, Killarney’s mystical lakes, timeless Connemara, and the ...Read Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 11 days
- Best Time to Go:
- May, June, July, August, September, October
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 11 Days Grand Tour of Ireland Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Blarney, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Glendalough, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Waterford. This in-depth tour takes you from the thriving capital city of Dublin to the glens of Wicklow, Killarney’s mystical lakes, timeless Connemara, and the wilderness of Donegal.
Day 1 - On the Plane
Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
Day 2 - Dublin
Arrive In Dublin, Ireland.
Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay at Radisson St. Helen’s (DLX).
Day 3 - Dublin
Tour Historic Dublin.
Historical and Educational Tours
See Georgian squares and pass Christ Church on your way to stately St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On to the seat of learning at the heart of Dublin – Trinity College. Walk across the cobbled squares to the old library and see one of Ireland’s greatest treasures – the 8th century Book of Kells.
Spend the rest of your day exploring the city’s shops, galleries and museums or relax in a café or pub. (B)
Day 4 - Cork
Dublin - Glendalough - Waterford - Cork.
Travel through the serene Wicklow Mountains to the monastic ruins at Glendalough. On to the ancient town of Waterford with its colorful terrace houses, cafés and bars overlooking the quayside.
At the Waterford Crystal Factory, watch master craftsmen at work in the centuries-old tradition of glass cutting and engraving, then stroll through the splendid showrooms.
On to Cork, the largest city on Ireland’s south coast. (B,D)
Stay at Montenotte Hotel Cork (SF).
Day 5 - Killarney
Cork - Blarney - Killarney.
Your first stop today is Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss.
Stroll across to the Blarney Woollen Mills to shop for fine Irish knitwear and handicrafts.
Then on to Killarney, famous for its cheerful atmosphere and what the Irish call “craic!” – Gaelic for fun. (B)
Stay at Killarney Avenue (SF) or Killarney Towers (SF).
Day 6 - Kerry
The Ring Of Kerry.
Journey along the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as The Ring of Kerry. This is one of the most beautiful and magical places in Ireland. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. After dinner, you are free to stroll through Killarney town. (B,D)
Day 7 - Killarney
Killarney - Cliffs Of Moher - Galway - Connemara.
This morning cross the Shannon estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop
for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape. Drop in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm and meet an Irish farming family as they carry out their everyday chores. Watch as the farmer shears a sheep and maneuvers his flock with the help of his dog.
Next, on to tour Galway, “City of the Tribes,” including lovely Galway Cathedral. The balance of your day is at leisure. (B,AT,D)
Day 8 - Ireland
In the west of Ireland, the starkly beautiful mountains of Galway and Mayo drop down to the coast. Little whitewashed cottages are scattered over a land of mountains, brooks and rivers. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied by the Irish Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I. (B,D)
Stay at Connemara Coast (SF).
Day 9 - Donegal
Connemara - Sligo - Donegal.
First stop is the Shrine at Knock, a place of modern pilgrimage for millions. In 1879, the figures of Mary, St. Joseph and St. John are reported to have miraculously appeared here in a vision to 15 local people. In County Sligo, bid your own farewell to W.B. Yeats, Ireland’s great poet at Drumcliff churchyard.
Then continue on to Bundoran on Donegal Bay, in the heart of picturesque Donegal. (B,D)
Stay at Great Northern Hotel (SF) in Bundoran.
Day 10 - Donegal
Glenveagh National Park Excursion.
Travel north to Glenveagh National Park. Covering nearly 40,000 acres, the Park is Ireland’s largest. It encompasses scenic lakes, forested hills, and majestic mountains, including the two highest peaks in Donegal. This is also home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.
Board minibuses for the trip to Glenveagh Castle, a 19th-century mansion. You may want to take a guided tour of the sumptuous interior or stroll through the formal gardens and rhododendron woods or along one of the many trails. (B,D)
Day 11 - Dublin
Donegal - Dublin.
Today, travel south. From the Heritage Centre at ancient Bru-na-Boinne, visit the Neolithic tombs at Knowth which predate the pyramids by 1000 years. (Some tours may substitute this with a visit to the historic Hill of Tara.) This peaceful place contrasts the final destination of your tour – Dublin. (B)
Day 12 - Dublin
Your homebound flight arrives the same. day. (B)
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